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Coming soon: The backstories of history's most famous songs

My new book digs into the backgrounds of two dozen of the most popular songs ever written; songs that have remained relevant through the years and become institutions. What surfaces is both fascinating and surprising: from the copyright debacle of “Happy Birthday” to the sad inspiration for “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.” From the grass roots of “Greensleeves”

to the futile search for figs in “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”


Each tune is thoroughly researched, presented in lively narrative, and lovingly illustrated. It also includes a bonus chapter describing the author’s own musical career that left much to be desired during the much kinder era of peace, love, and failed dreams.



Join me at upcoming events where my books will be available for in-person discount, a personalized signing, and a free Dum Dum!

For all the latest info and updates, follow me on FaceBook

Feb. 4 - Eagle Fest, Mauricetown, NJ

March 12 - Lines On The Pines, Stockton University, NJ

April 8 - Art Fest at Whitehall - Middletown, DE

May 20 - History Camp - Valley Forge, PA

August 12 - Lecture for Avalon Historical Society - Avalon, NJ

Oct. 7 - Collingswood Book Festival, Collingswood, NJ



An award-winning volume of Delaware Valley history featuring hoagies, hats, highways, bridges, trains, historic trees, dinosaurs, and much, much, more. A hefty 240 page, 8.5 x 11 format includes over 150 original illustrations, mostly in color. Order directly online from Amazon

Enhanced with an array of original illustrations, you will learn about a stray piece of real estate simply known as “The Wedge”, a sunken sign, one of the oldest forms of writing, the eternal search for lima beans, and a man who used the wedge to establish complete authority on any subject. Order on Amazon

The Illustrated River cover

A fascinating narrative told in four parts–enhanced by over 100 original illustrations, including views of Native American life, historic heroes and villains, and many detailed maps. This beautifully printed hard cover edition is available on-line at Amazon 

An historical travelogue tracing over 300 miles and 400 years, The Illustrated Delaware River is one of America’s most fascinating waterways. This handsomely printed hard cover edition features 140 original illustrations and is available on-line from all your other favorite on-line sources, including Amazon, as well as select book stores.


To view a slideshow of some of the many illustrations featured in these books, click here. And for all the latest news concerning talks, signings, special events, etc., visit The Illustrated Delaware River on FaceBook. 


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